This post is part of my book launch, Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary:
Say to my soul, “I am your salvation!”
One of the great blessings of wits’ end is a far greater, deeper, conscious need for God. We’re always in need of Him, whether on the mountain top of victory or in the valley of despair. However, when we’re at our lowest, the need becomes much more obvious. Wits’ end confronts us with reality—we’re not as great and glorious as we thought we were.
When everything goes well, we easily fall prey to self-sufficiency. David expressed that as follows: “As for me, I said in my prosperity, ‘I shall never be moved.’ By your favor, O LORD, you made my mountain stand strong; you hid your face; I was dismayed” (Ps. 30:6-7). It was only by God’s favor that he was made strong. He didn’t truly realize that, though. However, when God hid His face, he panicked.
That’s one of the reasons God allows wits’ end. It humbles us, purging us of pride and self-sufficiency. We’re stripped naked in order for God to clothe us with His salvation. It’s meant to draw us closer to Him, developing a more conscious dependence on Him, even to the point of living day by day.
David was in a difficult situation. There were many who were seeking his life. No one but God could encourage him. His past victory over Goliath wasn’t even a small source of hope. He needed God to personally and directly speak to his soul, stating: “I am your salvation!” Only He could give him the assurance of victory.
Among its many symptoms, wits’ end includes doubt, fear, and unbelief. Our faith can then be greatly shaken, wondering where God is. While in prison, John the Baptist “sent word by his disciples . . . ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’” (Matt. 11:2-3).
What made Him question Jesus? Did he have a wrong concept of the Messiah, like the rest of Jesus’ disciples? Did he believe that Jesus would simply overthrow the enemies and establish His kingdom? Imprisonment and suffering didn’t seem to fit that picture. He needed divine reassurance.
While we may not be in similar circumstances like David or John, at wits’ end we also need God to personally and directly speak to our soul through His word and Holy Spirit. Only He can gives us the assurance of faith that, in the end, all will be well, whether in the near future or in glory.
Heavenly Father, please give me the assurance of Your salvation amidst my struggles.
The Devotional Writer